Monday, May 18, 2015

Niska Day

Hello, Dear Ones! Oh, what a wonderful, busy and exhausting weekend we've had. I have to say, living in this little small town is just wonderful and we are loving it! Saturday was Niska Day.
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This is an annual community day with a parade, fun and ends with fireworks. We only live about 3 blocks from the festivities so our daughter and her family came over to our house and we walked. Well, they walked and Mr. Precious took me in the car (because I'm so delicate, you know) :)!

 We were so excited to join in with the fun. Free balloons were given to all of the little ones. As you can see, Mr. Precious, our daughter and son in law just had to have a Starbucks!
 A little jazz group greeted each one as we walked down to the parade route.
 The weather was so beautiful - not hot, not cold, just right!  Here everyone was lined up and down the street as the parade was coming. The parade route is through a little neighborhood called "Old Town". The homes are just darling so I'll have to come back and take some snaps later on and show you these little fairy tale looking houses.
 Carter was all ready with her lollypop!
Campie had his Wo Wo (that means dog). I have to tell you a little story. Mr. Precious bought Campie a firetruck that we keep at our house for him to play with. It has buttons you push and it lights up, has sirens, talks and rolls forwards and backwards. He loves it and the first time he saw it he called it a Boo Dough (pronounced just like that). That's his word for fire truck. Well...
There were quite a few firetrucks in the parade and little Campie was whispering Boo Dough every time a firetruck would pass. I thought it was so cute. Of course I'm his grandmother! :) As you can see in the above snaps, his little face was completely turned to see the Boo Doughs! :) Reckon how he gets Boo Dough from firetruck? Don't you just love it!
 Campie and me.
There was a house on the parade route in "Old Town" that had a cotton candy maker in their driveway and were giving it away for free! Folks were backed up an entire block getting their cotton candy. Well, I took the babies and we got ours. Yes, I said ours. Cotton Candy is right up there with an extra thick chocolate milkshake in my book! ;)
Lots of sports group marching in the parade. I love the banner the girls are carrying in the bottom right hand corner: Niskayuna has GIRLS who make BOYS with they THREW like GIRLS! Yeah!
Lots of school bands and other groups entertained us with their music.
 Cars! Do any of you remember the TV show "The Dukes of Hazard"? Well, there was an orange Charger named the General Lee! :) Cute. Even a Lab with shades and a bandana was blowing in the wind.
A few yellow Boo Doughs! :) Next time you see a fire truck make sure you point at it and say very loudly, "BOO DOUGH!"

We came back to our house and the grands played out in the backyard. Carter was practicing Volley Ball moves and Campie was bringing me beautiful handfuls of dirt and picking off the flower heads of my Day Lilies! He was so sweet doing it so I just couldn't tell him no! :) I'm a sucker for these little ones. We grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken legs for dinner and sat out on our front porch and watched the end of the festivities - Niska Day fireworks. It was just wonderful.

So what a wonderful life living in this small town and enjoying it with family. I know I get mushy and gushy! :)
I'm so talented like that. :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Saturday In The Park
Saturday in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
Saturday in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
People dancing, people laughing
A man selling ice cream, singing Italian songs
"Eh Cumpari, ci vo sunari"
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I've been waiting such a long time
For Saturday

Another day in the park
You'd think it was the Fourth of July
Another day in the park
You'd think it was the Fourth of July
People talking, really smiling
A man playing guitar
Singing for us all
Will you help him change the world
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I've been waiting such a long time
For today

Slow motion riders fly the colors of the day
A bronze man still can tell stories his own way
Listen children, all is not lost,
All is not lost, oh no, no,

Funny days in the park
Every day's the Fourth of July
Funny days in the park
Every day's the Fourth of July
People reaching, people touching
A real celebration
Waiting for us all
If we want it, really want it
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I've been waiting such a long time
For the day
~ sung by Chicago